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My career has been communicating the wonder of astronomy. I'm the architect of the communications effort to make the Hubble Space Telescope the most inspirational science instrument in history. Being part of it all is enthralling and exciting. Contact: villard@stsci.edu.

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Oct 23, 2013 02:57 PM ET
We will eventually have the technology to make Mars a more habitable planet -- but for whom? Earthlings, or Martians? Continue reading →
Oct 16, 2013 06:24 PM ET
How might we detect the presence of an alien transmitter snooping on us in our solar system? Continue reading →
Oct 7, 2013 11:29 AM ET
There were fears that if NASA's New Horizons mission reached Pluto too late, the dwarf planet's atmosphere would have frozen out. But fear not! It appears the little world's air is actually getting thicker. Continue reading →
Oct 1, 2013 12:08 PM ET
As sun-like stars age, they will force the habitable zone outward, cooking previously life-giving orbits, like Earth's -- ancient red dwarf stars, however, remain stable for much longer, perhaps nurturing vastly more intelligent life. Continue reading →
Sep 27, 2013 08:24 PM ET
Comet hunting veteran Mike A’Hearn cautiously predicts that comet ISON will be a lackluster naked eye object in November, calling it the “comet of the year,” despite earlier hype to the contrary. Continue reading →
Sep 17, 2013 09:20 AM ET
Massive exoplanets inside stellar habitable zones would likely be unsuitable for life as we know it -- but what about the exomoons that are likely in tow? Continue reading →
Sep 9, 2013 07:33 AM ET
Like the comets that have come before it, Comet ISON is seeing its fair share of crackpot doomsday theories. Continue reading →
Sep 3, 2013 12:24 PM ET
By the mid- 2060's, will we send an advanced probe on a stalking expedition of the most famous of all comets? Continue reading →
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